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Satechi Review: Type-C USB Hub is Hit-or-Miss, Smaller Adapter is Reliable

When Apple launched the new 12-inch MacBook earlier this year, some of the first accessories for the laptop -- which uses USB Type-C exclusively -- were various adapters and dongles that allowed customers to expand the initially limiting capabilities of the hardware with access to traditional USB, HDMI, and SD card ports. Apple itself launched a line of expansion cables for USB Type-C devices, and now third-party accessory company Satechi has its own Type-C line of USB hubs and adapters for customers to choose from. Satechi's Type-C USB 3.0 3-in-1 Combo Hub Satechi sent me two of the company's new accessories focusing on the connectivity between USB-C devices and more traditional inputs, mainly USB 3.0. One of the accessories is a complex "Hub" ($39.99, on sale for $34.99) with three USB 3.0 ports along with one SD and one microSD card slot, while the other is a simple dongle ($14.99) with a USB-C connector and a traditional USB-A 3.0 port. Each product comes in three different colors to match the shades of the new line of Retina MacBooks: Gunmetal (Space Gray), Gold, and Silver. Because neither dongle offers an additional USB-C port, there's no passthrough charging feature. Satechi's Type-C USB Adapter Overall, Satechi successfully mirrors Apple's visual aesthetic with the two accessories, and although I was sent Gold accessories that didn't exactly mesh well with my Space Gray MacBook, it seems when color-matched the new USB hubs would blend right in with their respective MacBooks.

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Best Wireless Chargers for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus

With the release of the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple now supports Qi-based wireless inductive charging on its latest phones, and that means charging pads have quickly become popular accessories for iPhone owners. Apple's favored partners for wireless charging pads are Belkin and mophie, and Apple is carrying a $60 charger from each company in its own online and retail stores. But there are lots of other options available on the market, and we've had a chance to try out a number of them, so we're rounding them up in this guide which we'll continue to update going forward.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Clamp Hub Pro for the 2017 iMac or iMac Pro

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a USB-C Clamp Hub Pro that's designed for the 2017 iMac and iMac Pro. Priced at $49.95, the Clamp Hub Pro plugs into one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports on an iMac or iMac Pro and attaches right to the bottom of the display to put additional ports right where you need them. Because the Clamp Hub Pro attaches cleanly to the bottom of the iMac or iMac Pro with an adjustable knob, it adds ports without cluttering your desktop or adding visible bulk to the machine. Beyond plugging it into a Thunderbolt 3 port, no additional installation is required. The Clamp Hub Pro features a USB-C port (for data only), 3 USB-A ports to attach USB-A peripherals, a microSD card slot, and a standard SD card slot. Clamp Hub Pro comes in either Space Gray or Silver, so it can match the traditional iMac and the Space Gray iMac Pro. The USB-C port supports transfer speeds of up to 5Gb/s, as do the three USB-A ports, while the two card slots support transfer speeds of up to 104Mb/s. The Clamp Hub Pro is compatible only with the iMac and the iMac Pro, which are the only two desktops with USB 3. We have 10 of Satechi's Clamp Hub Pro accessories to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter,

CES 2018: Satechi Announces 75W USB-C Multiport Travel Charger

Satechi today announced the launch of a new 75W USB-C travel charger that's equipped with multiple ports to charge all of your devices with one simple power adapter. The 75W Multiport Travel Charger offers four charging ports, including a USB-C power delivery port, two USB 3.0 ports, and one Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 port. The USB-C port can provide up to 60W of power, making it suitable for the 12-inch MacBook, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and similar USB-C devices. It can also charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro, but as that machine accepts up to 87W of power, it may not charge fully with the Multiport Travel Charger when under a heavy workload. While charging a MacBook or MacBook Pro, the Travel Charger can also charge your iOS devices at the same time, with up to 75W of total power provided. When using the USB-C port with a USB-C to Lightning cable, the Travel Charger enables fast charging on supported devices like the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Satechi says the Travel Charger features an input range of 100-240V, allowing it to meet the voltage requirements of multiple countries. It has also been designed with a compact size to make it easy to fit into a backpack or luggage. Satechi's USB-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger can be purchased for $60 from Amazon.com or directly from the Satechi website for

CES 2018: Satechi Debuts New Dual Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Satechi is launching a new Smart Dual Charging Station designed to charge both the iPhone and the Apple Watch at once. Made from silver or space gray aluminum, the Charging Station features two separate docks -- one that accommodates a Lightning cable to charge the iPhone and a second one that houses an Apple Watch charging puck to charge an Apple Watch. Unlike some docks on the market, Satchi's option does not come with built-in cords, so you will need to supply your own cables. Cables are designed to wrap around the base of the Charging Station inserts to hide any excess. Satechi says that its dock distributes a total of 15W of power, providing fast yet safe charging capabilities. Satechi's Smart Dual Charging Stand will be available for $64.99 starting in the spring of

Satechi Launches USB-C 'Clamp Hub Pro' for 2017 iMac and iMac Pro

Satechi today announced the launch of a new USB Type-C Clamp Hub Pro, which is made from aluminum and designed to work with the latest iMac and iMac Pro machines. Available in Silver or Space Gray, the Clamp Hub Pro plugs into one of the rear Thunderbolt 3 slots on the iMac or iMac Pro. It offers three USB 3.0 Type-A ports with 5Gb/s data transfer and a Micro/SD card reader. Setting up the Clamp Hub takes just a few seconds using an adjustable knob, and its slim profile adds little additional visual bulk to the iMac. The Clamp Hub is compatible with the 2017 iMac Pro, the 2017 4K 21.5-inch iMac, and the 2017 5K 27-inch iMac. The USB Type-C Clamp Hub Pro can be pre-ordered from the Satechi website for $49.99. It will start shipping out in the first week of January. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Satechi. When you click a link in this post and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Pro Hub Adapter From Satechi

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of Satechi's Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub Adapters, designed for Apple's 2016 and 2017 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. With these machines, a hub is a must because of the limited number of ports and the lack of USB-A. Satechi's Pro Hub measures in at 4.5 inches long and 1.1 inches wide, and it plugs right into the side of a MacBook Pro, using two USB-C ports on either the left or right side (or just the one side on 13-inch non Touch Bar models). Made of aluminum and available in either Silver or Space Gray, the hub matches well with the MacBook Pro, and at just 1.4 ounces, it's super portable and can even travel plugged right into your machine. The Pro Hub features an HDMI port that supports 1080p video at 60Hz (4K at 30Hz), two USB-C ports, 2 USB-A ports, an SD card slot, and microSD card slot. The USB-C power delivery port supports 5K video (or 2x4K), 40Gb/s data transfer speeds, and passthrough charging up to 87W, so it works with all USB-C MacBook Pro models. The second USB-C port does not support passthrough charging, but offers data transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s. Satechi sells the Pro Hub for $99, but we have three to give away to MacRumors readers for free. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us

Satechi Launches Type-C Pro Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro With Ports for Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, SD, and More

Accessory manufacturer Satechi today launched a new $99.99 Type-C Pro Hub for the 13-inch and 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pros, featuring a total of seven ports to make up for the inclusion of only Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports on the 2016 MacBook Pro. The new hub is similar in design to the Type-C Hub compatible with Apple's original 12-inch Macbook, but includes two Thunderbolt 3 dongles that take up both ports on either side of the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. The hub is compatible with the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro as well. After users plug the hub in, they can gain access to a passthrough Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C port, and the following ports missing from Apple's device: 4K HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and both SD and microSD card readers. The Thunderbolt 3 port supports quick data transfer of speeds up to 40Gbps, as well as passthrough charging for both 13-inch (61W) and 15-inch (87W) models of the MacBook Pro. Users can output 1080p video at 60Hz via the HDMI port, and up to 4K video at 30Hz. Both the USB 3.0 and USB-C ports include transfer speeds of up to 5 GB/s, while the photo and video editing capabilities of the SD card slots provide data transfer speeds of up to 104 MB/s. Those interested can purchase the Type-C Pro Hub from Satechi's website for $99.99 starting today. Like the company's other products, the hub comes in MacBook color-matching Silver and Space Gray, and has a brushed aluminum finish to complement Apple's

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Headphones Prize Pack From Satechi

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a prize pack that includes wireless headphones, a headphones case, and a stand for the headphones. Satechi's Aluminum Wireless Headphones are designed to match Apple's line of iPhones and are available in four complementary colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. Priced at $69.99, the headphones feature comfortable ear cups and connect to the iPhone using Bluetooth 4.0. The headphones are made from aluminum, much like Apple's own devices, and according to Satechi, they deliver high-quality sound at a range of up to 33 feet. A single battery charge powers them for 18 hours, and there's a built-in microphone for making phone calls. Alongside the headphones, Satechi is including its $20 Synthetic Leather Headphone Case, which has a hard outer shell to keep the headphones safe when stashed inside a bag or backpack. When at home, the headphones can be stored on Satechi's Slim Aluminum Headphone Stand, also included. The stand, priced at $28, is able to work with any brand of headset or headphones you own, and it comes in four colors to match Apple's line of iPhones. We have three Satechi prize packs to give away. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Prize Pack From Satechi With a Laptop Stand, SD Card Reader, Keypad and More

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a desktop prize package that includes Satechi's Aluminum Portable Laptop Stand, a Rechargeable Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad, an Aluminum Mouse Pad, and a USB Type-C SD Card Reader. Satechi's Laptop Stand, priced at $35, is designed work with Apple's line of MacBooks and iPads. It has a collapsible design so it can be transported anywhere, and it props a MacBook or iPad up at an ideal working angle. It has a rubberized base so it stays secure on most surfaces, and there are also rubber inserts to protect your device. It's available in a range of colors to match Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup. Satechi's $40 Keypad connects wirelessly to a MacBook or iMac using Bluetooth and was created to expand an existing keyboard with easy-access numerical keys. With its slim design, it can fit easily into a backpack or purse. Accompanying the Keypad and the Stand is Satechi's matching $20 aluminum mousepad and $20 USB Type-C SD and Micro SD card reader, both of which are ideal for MacBook or MacBook Pro owners. The mousepad features an ultra-smooth surface that works well with an Apple Mouse, and the SD card reader works with any USB-C device. Satechi is offering three prize packages for MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing

Satechi Debuts New Slim 4K Multi-Port USB-C Adapter

Satechi today announced an expansion of its Type-C accessory line, introducing the new Slim 4K Multi-Port USB-C Adapter. The Slim Multi-Port Adapter is designed to add multiple extra port connections to a laptop or desktop along with 4K support. The adapter, which has a sleek aluminum design and comes in colors to match Apple's MacBook line (Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, and Space Gray), features a 4K HDMI port able to output video from a computer to a 4K monitor. The Slim 4K Multi-Port Adapter also includes two standard USB-A ports and it supports passthrough charging, so multiple devices can be connected to a 12-inch MacBook while it is also charging. Satechi is selling the Slim 4K Multi-Port Adapter starting today. It can be purchased from the Satechi website for

CES 2016: Satechi Type-C USB Hub Updated With Pass-Through Charging for Retina MacBook

Today at CES accessory manufacturer Satechi announced a newly updated Type-C Hub for Apple's Retina MacBook lineup, which replaces one of the traditional USB 3.0 ports with a new USB-C alternative to allow users to charge the MacBook while using the dongle. Otherwise, the hub still includes an SD card slot and Micro SD card slot in addition to two USB 3.0 ports. In terms of new products, the company announced the Type-C Card Reader, which will let users access SD and Micro SD cards at the same time using the USB-C dongle. As a cheaper alternative, the Card Reader is smaller than the hub and lacks the USB 3.0 ports of the bigger accessory. Both products are available in space grey, silver, and gold colors to complement Apple's chosen colorways on the 12-inch MacBook line. Satechi hasn't given the Type-C Card Reader any specific launch date besides "early January," but confirmed the accessory will run for $19.99 in its press release, although the site mentions a $24.99 price point. Starting today, those interested can purchase the new Hub for $39.99 from the company's

Satechi Announces Type-C Hub Adapter for MacBook

Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook eschews all ports and traditional charging methods for a single USB Type-C port, which is used for charging and to connect peripherals to the machine. With just a single port to work with, hub solutions are a must for anyone who wants to attach more than one accessory at once and use older accessories that aren't compatible with USB Type-C. Popular Apple accessory maker Satechi is today announcing a new Type-C Hub Adapter, which expands the capabilities of the USB port on the MacBook. The small hub, which plugs into the side of the MacBook, includes three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a Micro SD card slot, and an SD card slot. The Type-C Hub Adapter is available in gunmetal, silver, and gold, three colors that are designed to match each shade of the Retina Macbook. When plugged in, the thin adapter sits flush with the MacBook, and a green light comes on when it's in use. It should be noted that the USB-C hub does not include a second USB Type-C port for passthrough charging, so while the hub is in place, the MacBook won't be able to charge through its USB-C connector. Satechi's Type-C Hub Adapter is available from the Satechi website and from Amazon.com for

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Aluminum Monitor Stand With 4 USB Ports From Satechi

For this week's giveaway, we've partnered up with Satechi to give MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's $70 Aluminum Monitor Stands. Designed to match the iMac and other Macs in Apple's computer lineup, the stand has a clean aluminum design with four USB 3.0 ports built in to manage cables. The stand raises the monitor up by four inches to reduce eye and neck strain. First unveiled this January at CES, the monitor stand is 11 inches wide in the front, 9.5 inches wide in the back, and 8.75 inches long, so it can accommodate most monitors and laptops. It supports up to 200 pounds. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube Channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the intricacies of international law regarding giveaways, this giveaway is open only to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older. a Rafflecopter giveaway The giveaway will run from today, Friday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time through Friday April 10 at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Winners will be chosen randomly on April 10 and will be contacted through email. A response to our email is required within 48 hours or the winner will forfeit the prize and we will pick a new